What are the superfoods and their health benefits?
Did you know there are actually a number of foods which could be considered superfoods? With this guide, we’ll help you understand a number of top superfoods as well as high cholesterol foods to avoid eating in too great a quantity, which surprisingly still have fabulous benefits.
Superfood 1: Dark leafy greens
Mama always told you to eat your greens, but with good reason! Dark green leafy vegetables are full of nutrients including folate, zinc, calcium, iron, magnesium, vitamin C and fibre as well as high levels of anti-inflammatory compounds. This superfood group includes:
- Swiss chard
- Collard greens
- Turnip greens
Superfood 2: Berries
Berries are often a firm favourite amongst fruits, but did you know they are full of vitamins, minerals, fibre and antioxidants. They have been shown to reduce risk of heart disease, cancer and other inflammatory conditions too. This superfood group includes:
Superfood 3: Eggs
Eggs are slightly controversial, as they are often listed amongst high cholesterol foods; however, they include a number of benefits which make them a superfood. This includes being rich in nutrients including B vitamins, choline, selenium, vitamin A, iron and phosphorus as well as being full of high-quality protein and antioxidants.
Superfood 4: Nuts and seeds
As long as you don’t suffer from a nut allergy, nuts and seeds are a great choice as they are rich in fibre, vegetarian protein and heart-healthy fats and packed full of plant compounds with anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties. This superfood group includes:
- Sunflower seeds
- Pumpkin seeds
- Chia seeds
Superfood 5: Ginger
Ginger has been a superfood often used in Chinese food as a flavour enhancer and medicines. Ginger root contains antioxidants, such as gingerol, and can be used for managing nausea and reducing pain from acute and chronic inflammatory conditions. Thanks to its versatile nature, it be incorporated into soups, stir-fries, sauces and teas by using it in a number of forms: fresh, oil, juice, dried and powdered forms.
Superfood 6: Salmon
Everyone knows that fish is a great source of omega-3 fatty acids, but did you know that salmon is one of the most nutritious fish you can eat? This superfood is packed full of healthy fats (including omega-3 fatty acids), protein, B vitamins, potassium and selenium.
Superfood 7: Sweet potato
As far as root vegetables go, sweet potato is a delicious and versatile superfood to add to this list. As well as being a healthier carbohydrate option, sweet potatoes are loaded with nutrients including potassium, fibre and vitamins A and C. They may be called sweet, but have actually been shown to be beneficial for blood sugar control.
Whilst there are a number of other foods which could be added to this list, here you have our top superfood choices! Now you know what to look for, and why they are beneficial to your diet, you can start adding these superfoods to your shopping list!